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Read Write Inc. Fresh Start

Rescue struggling readers aged 9–13

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start is a catch-up and intervention programme with proven results, for 9 to 13-year-olds still learning to read. It offers a simple but powerful solution to accelerate reading progress in just 25 minutes a day.

Developed by Ruth Miskin, Fresh Start follows the same sound progression as the DfE validated SSP RWI Phonics, and is the KS2/KS3 element of the renowned phonics programme.

Students are taught at their challenge point, so they learn to read accurately and fluently. They will also develop good comprehension, spelling and punctuation skills through targeted activites.

Resources are age-appropriate, matched to students' increasing knowledge of phonics, and finely levelled to accelerate progress.

High-quality training, provided by Ruth Miskin Training, supports teachers, teaching assistants or tutors to deliver Fresh Start in a primary- or secondary-school setting.

Series contains:

  • Teacher Handbook
  • Levelled Modules 
  • Full-colour Anthologies
  • Speed Sounds and Picture Sounds Cards
  • Simple Speed Sounds and Complex Speeds Sounds posters
  • Green and Red Word Cards
  • Module Green Word Cards
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Fresh Start resources structure chart

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start case studies

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Trinity Catholic Academy in Liverpool

Watch our video to hear from trust and school staff about why they value the programme.

Read Write Inc Fresh Start case study: West Derby School

West Derby School, Liverpool (Secondary boys school)

"It has been astounding how speedily the boys make progress.”

Read Write Inc Fresh Start case study: Astrea Academy Woodfields Secondary

Astrea Academy Woodfields (Secondary), Doncaster

"Fresh Start helps them catch up quickly and enthusiastically."

Read Write Inc Fresh Start case study: Olsen House, Liverpool

Olsen House School, Liverpool

"Fresh Start helps remove barriers to learning for our students...Confidence and self-esteem have increased in all lessons."

More about Read Write Inc. Fresh Start

Ruth Miskin Training

Ruth Miskin Training offer comprehensive training to enable successful implementation of all the Read Write Inc. programmes including Fresh Start.

Teach Secondary Awards 2021

An award-winning programme

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start is a 5 star winner in the SEND category of the 2021 Teach Secondary Awards.

Read Write Inc course structure

Ofsted Framework

See how Read Write Inc. Fresh Start supports the latest (2019) Ofsted Framework.


  • "It's brilliant - Ofsted were over the moon! Confidence and self-esteem have really gone up and other teachers have noticed the difference."

    Julia Hepburn, Matthew Humberstone CE School, Cleethorpes

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